As budget negotiations heat up in the state capitol, ELC is concerned that there will not be sufficient state increases for basic education, special education, and early education funding. We finally have a fair education funding formula, but a formula is only as good as the money sent through it! The tentative budget agreement includes the following new education investments: $200 million for basic education funding, $20 million in special education, and $25 million in early education. We believe these investments should be greater to meet the needs of our students across the Commonwealth.
Relatedly, Education Law Center is urging the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to vote no on HB 530. House Bill 530 would allow for unchecked charter expansion without regard for academic quality, oversight, or accountability and would destabilize districts' finances and severely limit their ability to ensure that students are receiving a quality education.